Doctors threaten to take VRS wholesale
BHABUA: Doctors of BhojpurShahbad range at a meeting here on Saturday condemned the ‘growing bureaucratic shadow over state services’ and vowed, its attempts to cow down doctors would not succeed.
“The BSHSA has warned the government from bureaucratic attempts to humiliate the cadre and protect them from assault. If that is not agreeable to the state, all doctors in state service would submit for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) in November this year”, Bihar State Health Services Association general secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar announced. The meeting led by state leaders of the Indian Medical Association(IMA) and the BSHSA, was attended by doctors of Bhojpur, Buxar, Sasaram and Kaimur. They dared the district magistrate of Kaimur, Jai Singh to implement his directive, as per their performance in public domain, threatening, the doctors were willing to be jailed, than give in.
Dr Kumar who addressed the assembled doctors at the civil surgeons office, said the Medical Council of India (MCI) rule of ethics in its Chapter 6, not only prohibits doctors from advertising themselves to attract the people’s opinion but also prohibits any organization or institution from doing so. He said that the district administration and the government also fell under the purview of an institution and hence, “The directives of the DM were illegal in letter and spirit”.
IMA leaders said, altogether 1,000 doctors were being registered with Bihar Medical Council annually, of which 700 were products of states own medical colleges. But humiliation by bureaucrats despite the worst working conditions and stoppage of promotions have been largely responsible for big shortage of doctors in the state, they said.
“Doctors of Bihar are opting to work in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujrat, south India and abroad due to better facilities and protection there, but not Bihar”, Kumar added.He said, that despite several rulings by the Patna high court regarding governance of health services by doctors, bureaucrats were ruling health affairs in place of health directorate and civil surgeon offices respectively. This was the root cause of the ugly state of affairs here, Dr Kumar added.
“We have to give bribe for compulsory retirement and VRS. Over 250 VRS petitions are pending since long with the department. Why is the government not accepting our petitions and releasing us from the services if we are not performing in the desired manner”, he wondered.
Dr Ranjit Kumar, spokesperson of BSHSA, said that the number of patients visiting gov- ernment hospitals and number of institutionalized surgeries had multiplied several times in NDA rule. If that is the case, one would like to ask, as to who are attending them, if doctors were negligent in their duties.BSHSA acting president Dr Akhilesh Kumar Singh, secretary Dr Kumar Arun, vice president Dr Shashi Bhushan Singh, joint secretary Dr Ramanuj Prasad Singh, CS cum BSHSA district president, Dr RB Singh, district tuberculosis officer Dr Anil Kumar Singh, deputy superintendent Dr KN Tiwary, IMA secretary Dr Shrikant Singh, treasurer Dr Ajay Pratap, Dr Balwant Chaubey, Dr Jitendra Nath Singh, Dr Sanghmitra Singh, Dr Tribhuwan Narayan, Dr Arun Kumar (Rohtas), Dr Mohan Singh also addressed the marathon meeting, which called on the district magistrate to withdraw his order forthwith.